Tips to Prevent and Respond to Kids in Hot Cars

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A child’s body overheats 3‐5 times faster than an adult body.

On average, 38 children die across the U.S. from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside vehicles.

20 children have died in hot cars so far in 2019, 4 of them in Texas.

Texas leads the nation in child hot car deaths with 131 child deaths between 1990 and 2019.

Even the best of parents or caregivers can unknowingly leave a sleeping baby in a car; and the end result can be injury or even death.

87% of the deaths are kids under 4.

54% of the deaths are kids under 2.

56% were left in the car unknowingly.

27% got into an unlocked car.

Even with windows cracked, the interior temp in a car can get to 125 degrees in minutes.

Safety Tips:

Create a reminder to check the back seat.

Put something you'll need like your cell phone, handbag, employee ID or brief case, etc., in the back seat so that you have to open the back door to retrieve that item every time you park.

Keep a large stuffed animal in the child's car seat. When the child is placed in the car seat, put the stuffed animal in the front passenger seat. It's a visual reminder that the child is in the back seat.

Keep car keys and remote openers out of reach of children.

Apps like WAZE have child reminders when you arrive at a destination you used a phone-based GPS to get to

If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle, get involved. Call 911 immediately and stay on the line with the dispatcher.

Try all the doors to try and get them out of the vehicle as quickly as possible.

If the child seems in immediate distress, you may have to break a window to get the child out.

Pick a window farthest away from the child.

Break the window using a hard, sharp object.

Access the child and be prepared to start CPR if the child is not breathing.

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